Nick Woodbridge finished Sixth

12 March 2012 / 09:19

Nick Woodbridge could not emulate British team-mate Mhairi Spence as he had to settle for sixth place at the opening modern pentathlon World Cup of the season in Charlotte, USA.

Spence boosted her bid to qualify for the Olympics on Saturday with a silver medal and it looked like it could be a double for the British team when Woodbridge began the final event, the combined run-and-shoot, in first place.

The 25-year-old from Shropshire had performed consistently well in the fencing, swimming and riding but missed too many shots on his first two visits to the range to drop out of medal contention, with Russia's Ilia Frolov claiming a comfortable victory.

But sixth for Woodbridge, who won bronze at the World Cup Final Olympic test event last year, will have earned him valuable ranking points in his bid to qualify for the London Games.

The only British man so far to have achieved the Olympic qualifying standard, 21-year-old Jamie Cooke, had a nightmare day, finishing last in the fencing and riding to cancel out the effect of his customary super-fast swim.

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